IRELAND has climbed two places to 29th in the FIFA World Rankings announced today.
This is on the back of draws with Slovakia and Russia in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Meanwhile, Northerrn Ireland are down 11 places to 70th after a disappointing run.
England have slipped four places to 8th while Scotland rise three to 52nd, after drawing with Czech Republic and beating Lithuania.
Wales return to the top 100, climbing 27 places to 90th after their Euro 2012 qualifying win over Montenegro
FIFA's rankings are based on results over a four-year period.
World and European champions Spain have edged back to first place, with Holland dropping to second and Germany static in third, ahead of Copa America winners Uruguay.
San Marino come in last of 203.
Top 10: 1. Spain 1605 points; 2. Holland 1571pts; 3. Germany 1290; 4. Uruguay 1184, 5. Portugal 1158; 6. Italy 1142; 7. Brazil 1132; 8. England 1089; 9. Croatia 1057; 10. Argentina 1024.